NO MUD, NO LOTUS: A PERSONAL STORY!

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To focus on my own journey and personal growth, I have taken a well-deserved break from online activities for several months. If you ever can do that even for a shorter time, I highly recommend it.

As a result, I had a wonderful summer and many amazing insights to enrich my life and work!

Now, I am ready to come back with a renewed perspective thanks to the silver lining of past trauma now blossoming into yet another dimension.

During my time off, I spent more time outdoors swimming and walking and one day, I was introspecting on the nature of trauma. I had been reading the book “No Mud, No Lotus, The Art of Transforming Suffering” by Thich Nhat Hanh who was my first spiritual teacher. It made me think about how most people have endured some kind of trauma at some point or another in their life. This can make life quite challenging when not addressed or healed as it influences everything with say or do. Even an apparently good childhood can turn out to have trauma embedded in it as explained in the book of Alice Miller “The Drama of the Gifted Child”.

The thing is that trauma can be a powerful springboard to discover what our true purpose is. It can help us develop the understanding and the skills we need to actualize this true purpose we all have. In fact, the core wounds of my childhood served me well for a very long time. They motivated me to learn about nutrition and health from a young age, to devote myself to exercising daily since my 20’s, to pursue higher education, engage in meditation and spiritual studies, and eventually write a book, among other things.

It led me to discover my true purpose which is to empower people to connect with their Inner Wisdom to experience the Lightness of Being and dance the Joy of Wholeness.

Recently, however, I noticed that my way of being and teaching was in transition.
Leftover reactivity was decreasing further, trust in what I sensed was increasing.
I realized I was shifting from being motivated by my true purpose
rather than my core wounds. What an amazing realization!

Could it be why I allowed myself to take such a break from online activities?
Did I need to create space to get this level of clarity around this inner transformation?

Vacation Introspection offered moments of blissful silent contemplation watching the sunset on the colorful horizon….

My insight had to do with my need to adjust the balance between my intellect and my intuition.
My intellect had been motivated and developed by my core wounds,
my intuition was my link to my heart wisdom and true purpose.

I always knew I was in touch with both but this time around,
I sensed it was time to allow my intuition to be in charge, assisted by my intellect
rather than the other way around out of habit. What an interesting rebalancing shift!

Although feeling vulnerable about sharing all this, I was drawn to share it with you, maybe hoping it would spark some insights of your own to move you forward from where you are. Let me know! I always love to hear from my readers!:)

I apply all I learn personally and professionally to inspire and guide my students on their journey to the next level of well-being and evolution. And my specialty is to help people who have tried everything to reduce, eliminate, or prevent chronic tension or pain without getting sustainable results. Such chronic pain can be the outcome of a mind, body, heart, and soul imbalance. Most of the time, education on misconceptions around movement and posture is enough or a good place to start.

If you or someone you know needs this type of work,
I am excited to bring to you the new version of my Global Event:
 “Freedom from Chronic Tension or Pain using 3 Unusual Pathways”
coming up on September 22, 2022.

Come along for the ride, then share your experience with me.
I’d really love that!
It is a free event you can enjoy and benefit from.

Hope to see you there! 🙂

Click HERE to reserve your place.


Cécile Raynor has been teaching for 30 years, published the Wise Way to Yoga as well as numerous articles, and she was featured several times both on TV and on an “Expanded Awareness” radio show. Her blog has been read by thousands of people in over 100 different countries. Her work is based on the Alexander Technique, the best-kept secret of Olympic athletes and famous performers. They swear by it because it allows them to perform at their best with optimal safety. Although it is now commonly used by everyone. She also created the Body Intelligence Activation Process™, a mind, body, heart and soul work that affects her students in all aspects of their life as they experience increased wellbeing.

Cécile has been helping people with poor posture, chronic muscular tension and pain, joints issues and headaches reclaim their ease of movement, their natural good posture, and the joy and peace of mind brought by well-being. She has also been a mentor for many students interested in embodied and integrated personal growth.

Cécile can be reached by responding to this blog or by contacting her through her websitehttps://cecileraynor.com/

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